Honoring Westport Volunteer Anne Wilson
Volunteer role: Front desk assistant and kitten foster mom
Length of service: 9 years
I started volunteering because… I wanted to be around (and care) for animals. Since I can’t have as many animals as I would like, volunteering has been a wonderful experience for me.
My favorite part of volunteering is… meeting new people and getting to see people adopt their new best friend. People always say to me that it makes them sad to visit animals in a shelter. I feel just the opposite. Any love and positive attention you can give to these animals is the best medicine. It reduces stress and increases their chance of a quick adoption.
My most memorable volunteer experience was… a foster assignment with a young kitten who was the last of her littermates to be adopted. She was lonely without her siblings, and she hadn’t been gaining weight. I gave her a lot of attention and snuggles, and she finally started eating more. I had recently lost my cat and wasn’t sure if my heart was ready for a new kitty. Miss Ellie (now 8) is now my constant, loving companion.
My favorite things to do outside of CHS are… traveling, gardening, hiking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.